Target Your Missions Petitions – Pray for Opened Doors
Key Bible Verse: Pray … that God will give us many opportunities to preach about his secret plan. – Colossians 4:3
Bonus Reading: Acts 16:6-10
I asked people to commit to praying for opened doors for the ministry I served in Porto Alegre, Brazil. A small group began to pray specifically for this.
God surprised us by the doors He opened in response to the prayers of our partners. The opportunity to work together with Campus Crusade for Christ and use the Jesus film with many other Christians in our city was indeed a welcomed window of opportunity that we hadn’t anticipated.
We saw another door opened when a senator welcomed us and worked with us in seeing an outreach planned for high-level city and state government officials.
What we experienced in the unity and fruitfulness of the Jesus Film Project in 1998 can only be explained by the people praying for such open doors.
Many doors remain closed. Some are large and reflect the greatest challenges for the church in the new millennium. These are the nations and people groups where access is restricted or hindered.
Some doors represent influential people in a city or tribal situation. These unopened doors present a tremendous opportunity for God’s people to enter into a prayer partnership with missionaries, seeing them opened to the gospel.
—Dwayne Buhler in EMQ
My Response: I’ll pray for one closed door to open for a missionary I know.
Adapted from EMQ (Evangelical Missions Quarterly, 1/04)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, help me to grasp the critical needs of one missionary well enough that You can specifically respond to my prayers on his behalf.